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Does Caffeine Cause Hair Loss?

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by Dr Yates

A very common question that hair loss experts are asked is if there is a correlation between consuming caffeine and losing your hair. This can be a very big worry for coffee lovers, because for some people, coffee is as essential as water or oxygen. It is estimated that 83% of adults drink coffee, according to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 online survey. As it is with any indulgence, including coffee, you need to be aware of what effects it has on your body. Although there may be some issues with coffee consumption, the good news is hair loss is not one of them.

Caffeine has actually been proven to be good for hair growth. In fact, caffeine may actually help some men and women to regrow some of their hair. The Internal Journal of Dermatology even issued a statement saying that caffeine is a, “stimulator of human hair growth.”

Research was conducted by T. W. Fischer MD, U. C. Hipler PhD and P. Elsner MD. In their experiment, they took biopsies from 14 men’s scalps, who were all in the earlier stages of hair loss. They took those hair follicles and exposed them to solutions that contained different caffeine levels. In addition, they also exposed some of the hair follicles to DHT, which is the hormone that is responsible for hair loss. They waited for 8 days and found that all of the hair experienced growth, even the hair that was exposed to DHT.

In 2007, there was another study by the Internal Journal of Dermatology that found that caffeine boosted the length of hairs by 33-40%. The leader of the study, Dr. Tobias Fischer said, “’Hair follicles that were treated with caffeine showed a highly significant growth rate at 24 hours, and still showed further significant growth at eight days.”

It has been shown that caffeine works as a stimulant for the hair shaft and it helps the hair to grow faster by blocking the effects that DHT can have on the hair. Now does this mean that everyone should go out and drink a lot of coffee? The answer is no. In order to get the desired effects from caffeine, you would need to drink between 50-60 cups of coffee a day in order for your hair to get the desired dosage of caffeine to stimulate hair growth (this equates to 6000mg of caffeine). Since this would be a terrible thing to do for your body and for your overall health, there are instead topical solutions that contain caffeine that can be utilized.

You are able to absorb caffeine very quickly and successfully through your skin, which is why topical solutions that contain caffeine have become very popular. There are many different products on the market that contain caffeine, such as Garnier’s line of shampoo and conditioner called Fall Flight Strand Saver and Ultrax Lab’s Hair Surge Shampoo. Sally Hershberger also carries a hairspray called Major Body 3-in-1 that contains caffeine.

These products work by having caffeine as an ingredient and the caffeine will work its way to the root of your hair follicles and will give them the stimulation and energy that is necessary for hair growth.

So those of you out there who love your coffee do not need to worry that the caffeine in it is a contributing factor to hair loss. If you are concerned about your hair loss, it is best to consult with a hair loss physician who can find out more information about you and determine what the cause of your hair loss is and offer you hair loss solutions.

Combining FUE with Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Dr Yates

There are many men who choose to combine different hair loss treatments to get the look that they desire. Some are able to treat male pattern baldness initially with just a hair loss shampoo, but eventually as the baldness progresses, a more aggressive treatment is usually utilized. After trying a hair loss shampoo, some will turn to a prescription or a topical solution.   Eventually, many men will need to use a more aggressive treatment and some men decide to have a hair transplant surgery, while others are opting to have a treatment of scalp micropigmentation. Another popular choice is to have a combination of both of these treatments.

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Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can be treated very effectively with hair transplant surgery. However, a man will need to be at a certain stage of baldness in order for the treatment to be effective. A hair transplant surgery is best to use when the man’s balding has reached its middle stage. If the man has reached the later phases of baldness, a hair transplant may not be the best option. In order to have a successful hair transplant, there needs to be a donor area that has healthy hair follicles, and in the later stages of balding, there usually not enough healthy hair follicles.

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For men who experience male pattern baldness, their hair will start to recede on the sides and front of their head. Male pattern baldness comes on gradually and may not be noticeable for quite some time. Most men will notice that their hair is becoming thinner and they will have slight balding at first. Over time, the hair loss will increase slowly until they eventually have hair loss on the top of their head, usually in a horseshoe-like formation. The only hair that will be left will be on the back of their head and the sides of their head. Those areas of hair can then be utilized as donor areas for a hair transplant.

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a method in which male pattern baldness is treated. In this method, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs, but the patient also has to endure a painful cut, stitches and scar that they will have to deal with and try to hide. This method is best used for those with a receding hairline and those who have experienced only minor hair loss. Some people are able to reap the benefits of this treatment if they have balding in larger areas, but that would generally require having more than one transplant and they will mostly likely have pretty noticeable scarring. This scarring may be concealed if they combine their hair transplant with Scalp Micropigmentation.

Dealing with scarring is a very normal part of having a hair transplant. Many people will be able to hide scarring when their own hair starts to grow back out. It can be further camouflaged though with Scalp Micropigmentation, since Scalp Micropigmentation will blend in the scars from the FUE treatment. This is especially good for when men want to wear their hair shorter, which could otherwise expose the scarring.

FUE and Scalp Micropigmentation are two hair loss treatments that work very well together to effectively combat hair loss and give very natural looking results. Either treatment can be used on its own, but many are seeing the benefit of combining the two treatments. In order to determine which treatment is going to work best for your particular case and stage of hair loss, you should schedule a consultation so the hair loss physician can determine what will work best for you.

Treating Male Pattern Baldness with Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by Dr Yates

The majority of men will experience some extent of male pattern baldness at one point in their life, but the degree of baldness can vary greatly. Some men may experience only a slight recession of their hairline, while others may go completely bald. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, includes any type of hair loss that is not connected with a medical condition. There are different ways in which male pattern baldness can be treated and scalp micropigmentation is becoming increasingly popular since it is one of the only ways that men who are completely bald can find a permanent solution to their hair loss.

The hair on your scalp is made by your body in their hair follicles. Hair follicles are right under the skin’s surface and hair will usually grow from the follicle for three years before it gets shed and new hair growth occurs. This is the cycle of normal hair growth, but if a man starts to experience male pattern baldness, the following will start to occur:

  • Some hair follicles may slowly start to shrink
  • As the follicles get smaller, the new hair that grows is thinner than before
  • Before the hair falls out, the hair has been growing for less time than usual
  • After time, all that will be left is a smaller follicle and hair that is not able to grow to the surface of the skin

Hormones in men are part of what causes these changes to happen. As you get older, your body changes and male testosterone starts to convert into a different hormone that is called dihydrotestosterone. It is not clear why, but hair follicles are very sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and the hormone causes the follicles to become smaller.

There are different degrees of male pattern baldness and the extent of the hair loss is measured using the Norwood Hamilton Scale for men (women’s hair loss is measured using a different scale). This scale ranges from a Norwood 1 (NW1), in which there is no hair loss and goes up to a Norwood 7 (NW7). NW7 is when a man has experienced complete hair loss on the top of his head and he may or may not have hair on back or sides of his head.

For most men, male pattern baldness is not something that can be prevented. There are topical solutions and prescriptions available that may help to slow down the process, but neither are a permanent solution. Also, a prescription medication such as Propecia, cannot guarantee that the user will not experience further hair loss, and for most users, it will not stop the hair loss from occurring long-term.

Men may also opt to have a hair transplant surgery, but this is only a viable option if there is enough donor hair to harvest from. Scalp micropigmentation is the only permanent solution for a man who is completely bald, since it does not require any hair to be on the scalp, but instead applies natural pigments to the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of real hair follicles or strands.

There is no actual cure for male pattern baldness, but you are able to camouflage it with scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation gives the appearance of having a full head of hair and you are able to completely customize it to get the look you want. Scalp micropigmentation generally requires 2-3 treatments in order to have a gradual buildup of density, and this gives the most realistic looking results. Scalp micropigmentation is a very popular hair loss treatment for those suffering from male pattern baldness.

Style Options for Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Style Options for Scalp Micropigmentation

When you opt to have Scalp Micropigmentation, you are able to choose from a variety of different styles. When you meet with your hair loss physician during your initial consultation, you can discuss what your goals are and let them know which style you were hoping to obtain. For most styles, the main goals are to recreate a hairline and side profiles and match the color and shade to your original hair.

When you first are looking at someone’s hair, you will generally notice their hairline. Scalp Micropigmentation allows patients a great deal of flexibility in creating whatever sort of hairline they would like. Some patients opt to recreate the hairline they once had, while others look to create an entirely new one. You are not limited when you are choosing a hairline and it will all come down to your age, style preference and how well you tolerate change. There are many different types of hairlines to choose from, including:

  • A restoration of what your original hairline
  • Defined hairline
  • Further forward hairline
  • Slightly receded hairline
  • Soft and broken hairline

In addition to these hairline choices, you have additional options of having your hairline be completely straight, having a rounded hairline, or perhaps if you are older you might want to go with a more receded hairline in order to have a more natural appearance. The hairline you choose will depend on your age, the shape of your face and how dramatic you would like the change to be.

Another main element that will define your new look after having Scalp Micropigmentation is what side profile style you want to choose. After determining your hairline, you will need to think about what side profile style you want, and options include:

  • Rounded side profiles
  • Sharp or razored side profiles
  • Soft side profiles

In addition to choosing the shape of your new hairline, you also need to think about the color and shade you would like. Your hair loss physician will be able to create a pigment that will be an exact match to your original hair. Any color or shade that you require will be created for you in order to achieve results that look very natural.

An important thing to consider when you are choosing your new style and color is how much of your own natural hair you have left, where it is positioned and what color it is. If your main goal is to maintain a very natural appearance, it is best to use Scalp Micropigmentation to match your existing hair color and hairline as closely as possible. If you do not have any existing hair and are completely bald, there are many more options available to you, since you are not trying to match it up with any hair that already exists.

If you get Scalp Micropigmentation and want to change the look as you get older, your style can be changed. With a laser removal process, you can have your hairline reshaped and the color can be changed. You really can completely customize your look when you have Scalp Micropigmentation and there are so many style options available to you.


What is Scalp Miropigmentation?

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is Scalp Miropigmentation?

Some may have heard of Scalp Micropigmentation, but not everyone understands what it is. Scalp Micropigmentation is the latest innovative hair loss solution in which you have your scalp tattooed with very small dots that look just like stubble. Scalp Micropigmentation gives the patient the look of having a short or buzz style haircut. This procedure has become increasingly popular among those who suffer from hair loss since it gives you immediate results and does not require having an invasive surgery. Since it is not a surgical procedure, there is no scarring and there is no down time afterwards.

While there are many different ways that people choose to combat hair loss, there are not too many options for those who have gone completely bald. People who are in the earlier stages of hair loss may turn to hair loss products, such as Propecia or Rogaine, or may benefit from having a hair transplant. However, all of those options require that you still have some healthy hair growth, but if you are completely bald, those options will not work.

Scalp Micropigmentation allows for people who have gone completely bald, or those who simply want to experience the benefits of this procedure to have the appearance of having hair and having an actual hairline. Scalp Micropigmentation can also be used to hide any scarring from previous transplant surgeries and can shade in areas on the scalp where hair is thinner.

Many people refer to Scalp Micropigmentation as hair tattoos, but Scalp Micropigmentation does not penetrate into the skin as deeply as a typical tattoo. The color will be matched to your previous hair color and will also be made to complement your skin tone. The ink that is used is also completely different than tattoo ink in that it will retain its color over time: patients who receive this treatment do not have to worry about the color changing or fading throughout the years.

Your hair loss physician will give you a consultation and will work with you to understand what your goals are and will determine a suitable hairline for you, based on what your old hairline looked like and what will look best with the shape of your face. During the procedure, hundreds of tiny dots will be put onto your scalp. The procedure will generally last for about three hours and if you need to have Scalp Micropigmentation on your entire head, you may need to have a few treatments.

An incredible benefit of Scalp Micropigmentation is that it is a permanent solution to your hair loss, but if for any reason you become unhappy with the way it looks, it can be adjusted or even reversed. Also, if you have some hair on your head that goes gray as you get older, the treatment can be touched up to match the change in your hair color.

One of the main questions that people have about Scalp Micropigmentation is if it hurts. The answer to that is that it hurts less than having a normal tattoo and hurts a lot less than having a hair transplant. For the procedure, you have the option of being given an anesthetic to numb your scalp, but there are a lot of patients who do not feel they need it and are able to manage without it.

You should make sure that during your consultation, you ask any questions you may have. It is important to understand all about any sort of procedure that you are having done and your hair loss physician will make sure that you have all of the information necessary to decide if Scalp Micropigmentation is the right hair loss solution for you.


Who is a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Who is a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?

There are many men and women who experience hair loss at some point in their life. The good news is that there is advanced technology available that can help eligible patients who are experiencing hair loss and their hair loss can be corrected with hair transplant surgery.

By talking with a hair transplant physician, they will be able to look at all of the factors that will determine if you are a good candidate or not. There are specific traits that your physician will look for before they will recommend the procedure for you, including your health, age, hair loss classification, lifestyle, and how committed you will be to the aftercare.

Your health will be a factor for any type of surgical procedure that you may need to undergo. Physicians will always make sure that you are healthy enough for the surgery and that your immune system is strong enough. If you are suffering from an illness or other medical condition, it will be recommended that you wait until you are treated and healthy enough before undergoing surgery. This will help to reduce any risk of having complications after the surgery. Also, if you have any type of chronic health condition, you should make sure that you let your physician know about this so they can develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs.

Although anyone may be a candidate for a hair transplant, younger people will need to take extra precautions if they are looking to have surgery. Since hair loss is a gradual process, younger people will probably not know exactly what the extent of their hair loss will be and what their hair loss will look like in the future. Also, if a person has a hair transplant surgery too young, they may need to have follow-up procedures in the future in order to ensure that they keep their natural looking results. As a general rule of thumb, patients who are over 30 are usually the best candidates, since their hair loss pattern will be established by that time and they are likely to experience long-term success from the surgery.

A thorough hair loss analysis will be conducted during an initial consultation and the physician will get the necessary information to determine what your hair loss classification is. How severe your hair loss is and how much donor hair you have available are very important factors in determining eligibility for surgery. The classification scale for women is the Ludwig Scale and the classification scale for men is the Norwood Scale.

Your lifestyle also plays a part in determining your candidacy, and your physician will ask you about your diet, sleep habits and exercise habits. What you eat, how much sleep you get and how often you exercise contribute to how strong your immune system is and if you have healthy habits, you are more likely to experience a better surgery with less recovery time and a lower risk of having a complication.

As it is with any surgery, your physician will also want to make sure that you are well aware of what will happen after you have surgery and find out how committed you are to following their aftercare instructions. Following the aftercare plan that your physician tells you will make your recovery period easier, reduce the risk of getting an infection and help your discomfort to a minimum.

Your physician will also make sure that you have enough information about the surgery and that you are setting realistic expectations for the outcome. Make sure that you ask questions and that you feel comfortable and confident about the procedure if you are a candidate and wish to proceed with surgery.


The 411 on Hair Transplantation

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Dr Yates

The 411 on Hair Transplantation

Although hair transplantation is not a new process, the procedure has evolved immensely and by using the latest technology and methods, people are able to get results that look and feel very natural. During an initial consultation, there must first be a thorough hair loss analysis in order to determine what the person’s hair loss condition is.

In order to determine the best course of treatment for your hair loss, the hair transplant physician first needs to determine what the factors are that led to the hair loss and what the classification is. In doing so, it will ensure that the best treatment options will be presented in order to correct the hair loss. This consultation will also include the patient receiving information about what the procedure will entail and what the recovery period will be like.

Hair loss classification is used in order to determine the pattern and establish how severe the hair loss is. A standard scale is utilized in order to find the size and find out which type of hair transplantation procedure will be best to give the patient the look they want. The size of the procedure means how many hair grafts will need to be harvested and transplanted during the procedure. The scale that is used to determine hair loss patterns is different for men and women, and men’s hair loss patterns are classified through the Norwood Scale and women’s hair loss patterns are classified through the Ludwig Scale.

There are many different patterns of hair loss that both men and women experience. The donor area for hair transplantation will usually come from the back and the sides of the head, since those areas generally will have the most healthy hair growth. Individual hair follicles will be taken from the donor area and will be used to fill in the thinning areas to provide the most natural looking results.

Hair quality is a very important factor that contributes to how successful the hair transplant will go. The elements that comprise hair quality include:

  • Density
  • Growth pattern
  • Thickness of hair follicles
  • Volume

For most patients, the denser the donor hair is, the better the outcome is for their hair transplant procedure. The physician will need to determine the quality of your hair to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure, which is why you will need to have an initial consultation. Your initial consultation will also provide the physician with the necessary information they need to be able to give you an accurate quote for the cost of the transplant.

During the actual procedure, the hair or follicular units will be individually harvested or punched from the back of your head or the sides of your head by the physician, using the FUE technique. The donor hair will be identified and selected based on the DHT resistance of the hair. DHT is the hormone that is the cause for hair loss in the majority of people who experience it. In choosing hair that is DHT-resistant, it ensures that once the hair is transplanted, it will grow and give the fullest and most natural looking results for the patient.

You need to feel confident with your hair transplant physician and should discuss what your goals are for the outcome. You will also need to gather information about how to care for your hair after receiving the hair transplant. It is important to ask questions and feel comfortable that you have all the necessary knowledge of how the procedure will work. Contact Dr. Yates in order to schedule your free consultation and discuss hair transplantation further.


When Should You Think About Hair Restoration?

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by Dr Yates

When Should You Think About Hair Restoration?

Thinning hair and hair loss is something that many people experience at some point in their life and you may have already tried different products or hairstyles to fix this problem. When your hair first starts to thin out, you may not even notice it for a while, but over time the thinning will become more extensive and may start to change the way that you feel about yourself. Hair restoration is a procedure that is a permanent solution to hair loss and it will give you natural looking results that you can feel good about.

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Hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure that allows you to have natural looking hair that you can wear in any style. This procedure uses your own hair and allows you to have your full head of hair restored without worrying that it will not be a permanent solution. Your own hair will be relocated to the areas of your hair that have thinned out, and it will be almost impossible to tell that you have had the procedure since there will be no linear scar. Once your hair has been transplanted, it will start to grow in your hair’s normal growth pattern.

There are many reasons why so many patients are opting to have hair restoration surgery. One of the reasons that this is becoming increasingly popular is because this procedure allows patients to regain their self-confidence and feel better about themselves. Your hair can be a big part of your appearance, and when this starts to change over time and thin out, you may find yourself feeling self-conscious or embarrassed. Hair restoration surgery will permanently fix any thinning or balding areas of your hair and you will once again look and feel like your old self.

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Self-confidence is a huge contributing factor to various facets of your life. It can impact your social life, love life and career. When your self-confidence has taken a hit, it can impact all of these areas and cause people to become more withdrawn. Hair restoration may just be the solution for this and if this is something that you are considering, you should go in for a free consultation and find out if this is the solution that you have been looking for.

People do not become bald overnight. Going bald will happen gradually and will start out by having thinning hair. If this is something that you are already starting to notice, you may want to consult with a hair loss professional before your hair gets to the point of being completely bald in certain areas. They will be able to give you your hair loss treatment options and let you know if hair restoration is going to be the right course of treatment for you.

When you are in the earlier stages of hair loss, you may be unsure of how you want to proceed, what options you have and how you can prevent your hair loss from progressing further. Whether you are in the earlier stages or hair loss or a later stage of hair loss, it is never too early or late to consider hair restoration.

If you are looking to combat your hair loss and take steps towards re-gaining your confidence and getting your full head or hair back, you should contact Dr. Yates, who has extensive medical and surgical experience and has performed thousands of hair restoration procedures. Dr. Yates focuses solely on hair loss and hair restoration, and this allows him to be more skilled and experienced than many of his competitors who are just adding this procedures to their lengthy list of services. Contact Dr. Yates and take the first step towards feeling like your old self.